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United Country Auction Services Increases Portion Of Total United Country Real Estate's Sales Volume In Q3 »

October 30, 2014 at 12:17PM PDT | Source: United Country Real Estate

Division of United Country Real Estate increases total sales volume, land auctions, rural acres sold.
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // KANSAS CITY, Mo. - United Country Auction Services (UCAS), the nation's largest integrated organization of auctioneers and real estate professionals, today announced an increase in auctions completed and acres sold, leading UCAS to account for a upsurge in its portion of United Country Real Estate's total sales volume in Q3'14. UCAS, a division of United Country, increase its overall volume by 16 percent and its gross commission income by 9 percent.
"Our continued growth is largely tied to the support from United Country, and the extensive marketing programs delivered out of our home office," said Mike Jones, president, UCAS...

Fuddruckers Deluxe Bar & Grill Marks Veterans Day »

October 30, 2014 at 11:57AM PDT | Source: Fuddruckers
Fuddruckers Opportunities Available

Active And Retired Military Personnel Receive Free All-American Burger And Fries With Drink Purchase
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // NEWPORT NEWS, Va. - Fuddruckers Deluxe Bar & Grill is celebrating Veterans Day with an exclusive offer on Tuesday, November 11, 2014. The recently opened restaurant at 12361 Hornsby Lane in Newport News, VA is honoring veterans by extending a complimentary All-American Burger with wedge cut fries to active and retired military personnel in appreciation of their courage and commitment to the well-being of the country. To take advantage of this dine in offer, guests must make a drink purchase of $1.99 or more and present any of the following forms of identification when ordering:

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Brother Jimmy's BBQ Miami Gives The Gift Of Lower Prices »

October 30, 2014 at 11:42AM PDT | Source: Brother Jimmy's BBQ

Miami, FL, October 30, 2014 - (PR.com) - "We wanted to do something significant for our loyal customers," says South Florida multi-unit franchise owner, Jonathan Vilma. "Our neighbors have come out and supported all three of our SFL Brother Jimmy's locations and really made us their second home. This is our Thank You."
About Brother Jimmy's BBQ Miami
Brother Jimmy's Miami BBQ Restaurant and sports bar is well known for serving up some of the best authentic Carolina BBQ including Brisket, Pulled Pork, Slow Cooked Ribs and their newest mouthwatering baby back ribs.
And beyond the amazing food, Brother Jimmy's has become the place where people go to have a good time. With an upbeat environment, fun staff, and sports up on the screen, Brother Jimmy's BBQ is the perfect place to both dine with family and watch a game with friends...

The Casual Pint Plans To Expand Nationwide »

October 30, 2014 at 10:56AM PDT | Source: The Casual Pint

Knoxville, TN (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - The Casual Pint, a craft beer market based in Knoxville, Tennessee, is proud to highlight the franchising opportunities now available nationwide. By offering unparalleled franchise support and training, entrepreneurs can enjoy The Casual Pint mission of sharing the craft beer experience in neighborhoods one pint, one growler and one person at a time. This supportive nature has allowed the namesake to grow to five fully operational stores today with several additional planned openings this quarter.
"The Casual Pint has really grown since our first store opened in 2011 and we're looking forward to sharing our vision throughout the country," said Nathan Robinette, co-owner of The Casual Pint. "Within the first nine months of franchising, we secured nearly a dozen new owners to become the fastest growing franchise in the craft beer industry...

Top Round Partners With Upside Franchise Consulting To Franchise Chef Driven Fast Food Concept »

October 30, 2014 at 10:48AM PDT | Source: Top Round Roast Beef

Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) October 22, 2014 - Top Round Roast Beef is delighted to announce they are partnering with Upside Group Franchise Consulting (USG) to offer franchise opportunities to entrepreneurs interested in providing their community with a stylish fast-food restaurant providing classic eats made with the highest quality ingredients.
Founded by Chef Anthony Carron, Noah Ellis, Chef Steven Fretz, and James Beard Award Winner Jamie Tiampo, Top Round Roast Beef is a chef driven fast-food concept where people can nosh on wholesome roast beef sandwiches while enjoying a fun, nostalgic atmosphere. Modeled after the roast-beef chains of yesteryear, Top Round serves up sandwiches made with USDA Choice top round that is slow roasted for twelve hours and garnished with a variety of delicious toppings, including horseradish cream, house-crafted "Wizz," roasted mushrooms, jalapeño straws, and Provel cheese...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens 24th Tampa Bay Area Location »

October 30, 2014 at 10:04AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Tampa, FL - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Tampa on October 22. Franchise owners John Griparis and Jeff Berns, along with operating partners Sean Cahill and Amy Vitale, held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 22 to Sunday, October 26 to support Anderson Elementary School, Tinker Elementary School, and Chiaramonte Elementary School.
The new restaurant, located at 3684 West Gandy Boulevard, circulated thousands of coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Anderson Elementary School, Tinker Elementary School, or Chiaramonte Elementary School...

Wyndham Hotels And Resorts Makes Travel More Rewarding »

October 30, 2014 at 9:59AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

Loyal guests can earn up to 10,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points for upcoming stays.
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – To provide its most loyal guests with a more rewarding travel experience, the upscale Wyndham Hotels and Resorts® brand is giving guests the opportunity to earn up to 10,000 Wyndham Rewards® bonus points when they book and complete their upcoming stays.
Wyndham Hotels and Resorts Makes Travel More RewardingNow through January 13, 2015, Wyndham Rewards loyalty program members who book and complete a qualified stay of two or more nights at any participating Wyndham hotel can earn 1,000 Wyndham Rewards bonus points per night for up to 10 nights, earning up to 10,000 bonus points per stay...

Giant Tiger In Angus, ON Unveils New Modern Look »

October 30, 2014 at 9:51AM PDT | Source: Giant Tiger Stores Limited

OTTAWA, ONTARIO - (Marketwired - Oct. 30, 2014) - The renovations are nearing completion and it's down to the finishing touches. This Saturday, November 1, Giant Tiger unveils a fully renovated store located at 3 Massey Street, Unit 4, Angus, Ontario.
The store has been redesigned to greatly improve the shopping experience for our customers. They will find even more of the same outstanding values, great deals and friendly customer service they've come to expect from Giant Tiger for their fashion, food and home needs - plus a lot more space to shop and a fun new Giant Tiger look!
Store manager Gerry Crowe and his entire team are excited about their newly improved store and invite you to the Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, November 1, beginning at 9:00 am...

Value Place Opens New Hotel In Dayton, Ohio »

October 30, 2014 at 9:32AM PDT | Source: Value Place

October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Dayton, OH - Value Place, the nation's largest economy extended-stay hotel brand, has announced the grand opening of a newly constructed hotel in Dayton, Ohio, located at 3787 Summit Glen Drive, at the intersection of Interstate 75 and Miamisburg Road. This will bring the brand's hotel count to 11 in Ohio, joining Value Place hotels in Cincinnati, Columbus, Akron, and Cleveland. This hotel opened to the public effective October 29, 2014.
"Value Place is expanding rapidly across the country as demand for economy extended-stay hotels is steadily increasing," said Kyle Rogg, President and Chief Operating Officer at Value Place. "This demand is especially strong in Dayton, where the population is continuing to grow and business professionals are traveling to the area to service the region's robust manufacturing sector...

Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park Opens In Boston Heights »

October 30, 2014 at 9:30AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Creator Of The World's First Indoor Trampoline Park Opens New Location For High-Flying, Active Fun
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // BOSTON HEIGHTS, OH - Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park will open its doors in Boston Heights to offer a thrilling experience for the whole family atop a court of connecting trampolines. Specializing in Active Fun, the creator of the world's first indoor trampoline park has a variety of gravity defying activities that will get people of all ages jumping for joy. Beginning Thursday, October 30th, residents are welcome to hop into Sky Zone to check out the wildly popular activity that has the whole country bouncing off the walls.
Sky Zone's wall-to-wall trampoline courts are designed as a fun and fit outing for all ages, shapes and sizes...

Wyndham Hotel Group Appoints Mark Kukulski To Lead Hotel Management Company »

October 30, 2014 at 9:28AM PDT | Source: Wyndham Worldwide

October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // PARSIPPANY, N.J. – Wyndham Hotel Group, the world's largest hotel company with approximately 7,590 hotels and part of Wyndham Worldwide Corporation (NYSE: WYN), today announced the appointment of Mark Kukulski as president of its management division, Wyndham Hotel Group Management.
Mark Kukulski, Wyndham Hotel Group ManagementIn this role, effective November 11, Kukulski will be responsible for the consistent execution of all hotel operations for the company's 46 domestic managed properties, including financial management, sales and marketing, guest satisfaction, associate and owner relations and compliance with quality standards. He will be based in Wyndham Hotel Group's Parsippany, N.J., offices...

Intelligent Office Announces Jacksonville, Florida As Its Newest Location »

October 30, 2014 at 9:03AM PDT | Source: Intelligent Office, The

Virtual Offices Offer More Flexible Work Space and Work Styles and Intelligent Office Provides Professional Services to Jacksonville Entrepreneurs and Small Business Owners
Jacksonville, FL (PRWEB) October 30, 2014 - Intelligent Office, a virtual office facility providing administrative and staffing services, is announcing the lease signing of a new location in Jacksonville, Florida. The business offers integrated solutions for mobile executives, small businesses, professional services firms, and independent contractors.
The opening of this location in the iconic Riverplace Tower provides cost effective solutions for endeavoring entrepreneurs and the growing small business community. Intelligent Office delivers administrative services and staffing resources allowing flexibility and mobility; constituencies are granted a new way of easily conducting business anytime, anywhere...

Fish Consulting Announces Expanded Partnership With Dunkin' Donuts »

October 30, 2014 at 8:53AM PDT | Source: Dunkin' Donuts
Dunkin' Donuts Opportunities Available

Inc. 5000 Agency Adds Dunkin' Donuts South Florida to its Growing Portfolio
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Fish Consulting, LLC, a national communications firm specializing in franchise public relations and marketing, announced today an expanded partnership with Dunkin' Donuts. After more than seven years of successfully promoting franchise development for the brand, Fish is expanding its responsibilities to build consumer awareness for Dunkin' Donuts across South Florida.
Dunkin' Donuts, America's favorite all-day, everyday stop for coffee and baked goods, has enlisted Fish to provide local consumer public relations, event marketing and social media management in Palm Beach, Miami-Dade and Broward counties. Dunkin' Donuts currently operates more than 250 locations in the South Florida region...

Locals Bringing 70 New Jobs To Cedar Rapids With Sky Zone Opening »

October 30, 2014 at 8:39AM PDT | Source: Sky Zone
Sky Zone Opportunities Available

Sky Zone Cedar Rapids Set To Open Trampoline Playing Court
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa  – Lifelong locals Dave and Jennifer Austin are now hiring more than 70 team members for their new Sky Zone Indoor Trampoline Park in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, set to open this December. Sky Zone, creator of the world's first all-walled trampoline playing court, will bring Awesome, Healthy, Family Fun to the area.
Sky Zone will defy gravity with its newest park, offering Cedar Rapids residents and visitors the ultimate active play experience. The all-walled trampoline courts are designed for optimal air time with popular activities such as Open Jump, offering a court of connecting trampolines where the sky is the limit, Ultimate Dodgeball, for a fresh new take on that favorite childhood pastime, Sky Slam which gives everyone the opportunity to slam dunk a basketball, SkyFit, an innovative fitness class that burns up to 1,000 calories in one hour and Ultimate Volleyball, a new activity taking the popular sport to the next level...

Jersey Mike's Subs Opens First Englewood Location »

October 30, 2014 at 8:32AM PDT | Source: Jersey Mike's Subs

Owners Celebrate With Free Sub Fundraiser
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // Englewood, CO - Jersey Mike's Subs, known for its fresh sliced/fresh grilled subs, opened in Englewood on October 22. Franchise owners Bob Merullo, Kevin Embree, and operating partner Pete Cardillo held a grand opening and free sub fundraiser from Wednesday, October 22 to Sunday, October 26 to support Shiloh House.
The new restaurant, located at 4989 S Broadway, circulated 10,000 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $1 contribution to Shiloh House.
Shiloh House offers nurturing, therapeutic and educational services to empower youth and families to overcome the impact of abuse, neglect, and trauma. Through guidance, clinical intervention and advocacy, Shiloh House meets the needs of the community while respecting the diversity of youth and families...

New Menchie's Store At Glynn Isles Market Celebrates Grand Opening With Week Of Fun Festivities »

October 30, 2014 at 8:20AM PDT | Source: Menchie's

Self-Serve Frozen Yogurt Store Fulfills Cravings with Family-Friendly Treats
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // BRUNSWICK, GA – Menchie's, the friendliest place on earth with a mission to make every guest smile, has opened its newest store at Glynn Isles Market, located at 712 Glynn Isles, Brunswick, GA 31525. Offering high quality, delicious self-serve frozen yogurt, Menchie's is sure to become a Brunswick favorite!
To celebrate the opening, Menchie's will spread smiles with a seven-day grand opening celebration from Saturday, November 1 to Friday, November 7 packed with free giveaways including t-shirts, Menchie's merchandise, family-friendly activities and free servings of its best-in-class frozen yogurt.
"I knew I wanted to bring a Menchie's to the community because the brand's mission statement and value system align perfectly with my beliefs," said franchisee Tim O'Sullivan...

MarLu Investment Group Purchases 22 TGI Fridays™ Restaurants »

October 30, 2014 at 8:08AM PDT | Source: T.G.I. Friday's Restaurants

Fridays to Serve as Flagship Casual Dining Restaurant in MarLu Portfolio
October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // ELK GROVE, California -  MarLu Investment Group ("MarLu"), a leading multi-concept franchise group and management company, today announced it has entered into agreement to purchase 22 TGI Fridays™ restaurants primarily located throughout Texas and Colorado. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
"We are extremely excited to be announcing this partnership with Fridays," said Tony Lutfi, CEO and president, MarLu Investment Group. "This purchase recognizes our long-term confidence in the Fridays brand and the strategic direction the company is headed. Fridays fits perfectly into our already strong network of brands and we look forward to capitalizing on the many opportunities we see for growth and expansion...

GRILLiT Provides Corporate Update »

October 30, 2014 at 8:04AM PDT | Source: GRILLiT, Inc.

MIAMI - Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GRILLiT, Inc. (the "Company" or "GRILLiT") (OTC: GRLT) today provided an update regarding its current corporate activities.
The fast casual restaurant sector has experienced substantial growth over the past year, according to industry experts. Technomic's 2014 Top 500 chain restaurant report indicates that sales for fast casual chains grew by 11% and store count by 8% in 2013. Forbes reports that traffic growth in the fast casual segment surpassed that of every other restaurant segment for the fifth consecutive year.
Grillit's revenue growth at its primary corporate restaurant is consistent with this trend and is up by 9% year over year.
The Company continues to make progress executing its strategic plan...

EnVie Fitness For Women Boosts Executive Team With Addition Of Franchise And Fitness Veteran Liberty Harper As Director Of Operations »

October 30, 2014 at 7:46AM PDT | Source: EnVie Fitness for Women

October 30, 2014 // Franchising.com // WACO, Texas – EnVie Fitness for Women, a breakthrough concept in the women's fitness industry, announces the appointment of Liberty Harper as Director of Operations. The addition of Harper to the executive team signals a continued focus on growing the business and the momentum behind the EnVie brand, which has already opened its first two studios since launching its U.S. expansion plans this summer.
In her new position, Harper will oversee the operations and development of programming for all corporate and franchised studios, as well as be responsible for the training of new franchisees. She will also direct the development of financial goals and sales targets of all of EnVie's global regions...

GNC Holdings, Inc. Reports Third Quarter 2014 Results »

October 30, 2014 at 7:28AM PDT | Source: GNC

Reaffirms 2014 Earnings OutlookAdjusted 2014 Third Quarter EPS of $0.75Revenue decreases 2.7% in the Third QuarterSame Store Sales - on a product only basis - decrease 6.9% in the Third Quarter
PITTSBURGH - Oct. 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ - GNC Holdings, Inc. (NYSE: GNC) (the "Company"), a leading global specialty retailer of health and wellness products, today reported its financial results for the quarter and year-to-date periods ended September 30, 2014.
In addition to presenting the Company's financial results in conformity with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("GAAP"), the Company is also presenting results on an "adjusted" basis to exclude the impact of certain non-recurring items in the third quarter of 2014. For more information, see the attached reconciliations of non-GAAP financial measures...



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